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[Azure] News for Developers, October 2017

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Azure news for Developers

Are you having trouble keeping track of everything that’s going around in Azure? You’re not alone! In an effort to do so myself, I’m starting a monthly series called “News for developers” which is exactly that: a summary of all of the Azure flavored news specifically for software developers. Now this is based on my personal feeds and my personal opinion, so you might miss things or see things which in your opinion do not matter. Feel free to comment below and I’ll see what I can do for the next edition. And honestly, this is more a personal reference than anything else so having actual readers would already be awesome ūüôā Enjoy!

Where the previous edition featured a lot of stuff due to Ignite, things are a bit slow for this one. But still, some good news came from Redmond!

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[Azure] News for Developers, September 2017

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Azure news for Developers

Are you having trouble keeping track of everything that’s going around in Azure? You’re not alone! In an effort to do so myself, I’m starting a monthly series called “News for developers” which is exactly that: a summary of all of the Azure flavored news specifically for software developers. Now this is based on my personal feeds and my personal opinion, so you might miss things or see things which in your opinion do not matter. Feel free to comment below and I’ll see what I can do for the next edition. And honestly, this is more a personal reference than anything else so having actual readers would already be awesome ūüôā Enjoy!

The Ignite 2017 conference took place this month. And as always with the bigger Microsoft conferences: there was news, lots of it. So this months list is a little bit longer than usual!

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[Azure] News for Developers, August 2017

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Azure news for Developers

Are you having trouble keeping track of everything that’s going around in Azure? You’re not alone! In an effort to do so myself, I’m starting a monthly series called “News for developers” which is exactly that: a summary of all of the Azure flavored news specifically for software developers. Now this is based on my personal feeds and my personal opinion, so you might miss things or see things which in your opinion do not matter. Feel free to leave and comment below and I’ll see what I can do for the next edition. And honestly, this is more a personal reference than anything else so having actual readers would already be awesome ūüôā Enjoy!

 

App Service specific updates

Here are some important updates from the world of Azure App Services:

  • The¬†Azure Functions¬†UI now features a tabbed interface. (link)
  • Also from the Azure Functions world, the¬†Tools for Visual Studio 2017 Update 3 are now available. And even better: you get them as part of the update, no manual installation required! (link)
  • Have you tried turning it off and on again? With¬†Proactive Auto Heal, your webapps will auto restart when they’re in a bad state (memory leak for instance). It does this by monitoring the memory and request time. Note that is now is¬†on by default, but you can opt-out. (link)
  • It’s now very easy to choose a Docker image from Azure Container Registry for Continuous Deployment schemes. (link)

The app services team now keeps track of their updates in blog posts and in this github repo!  And you can find a monthly update on their blog as well.

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Visual Studio (Team Services)

Everything slows down in summertime, right? Well not in the world of VSTS! These are just the cherries from the huge list of updates!

  • Creating¬†Wiki pages is now in public preview. Wiki’s support markdown (like other pages) and can be very useful to create documentation for instance. (link)
  • Search for and recreating deleted branches. Makes you wonder what the definition of “delete” is, but hey… we’ve all needed this one at one time. (link)
  • A new version of the¬†dotnet (2.x) build task supports authenticated package sources. There were also changes in the behavior when it cannot find a project file (now fails) and to specifying an explicit¬†output path. (link)
  • The marketplace now features an extensions for¬†Ansible support. (link)
  • Running¬†Web Tests from the test hub, you can now capture screenshots of desktop apps. (link)
  • A new¬†work items hub allows filtering work based on: Assigned to me, Following, Mentioned, My activity, Recently created. (link)
  • In a “if this, than that” style you can now create¬†work item rules to automate things even more. (link)
  • w00t! Support for¬†Git Forks is on the way! (link)
  • The new¬†Release Editor experience is now the default for everyone, but can still be disabled by an admin. (link)
  • A release task can now be conditional based on the requirement that you set. (link)
  • The new¬†user management¬†experience helps adding new users, managing users and adding them to Projects and Teams. (link)

Check out https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/articles/news/2017/aug-04-team-services and https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/articles/news/2017/aug-28-team-services for the complete overview!

 

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Here’s all the stuff that didn’t fit into one of the above categories:

  • If you are looking at blockchain (as we are at mStack), check out Microsofts new Coco framework for building enterprise blockchain networks. (link)
  • Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.3 has been officially released. Highlighted features include: (link)
    • A lot of work on the accessibility side, including debugging features and text adornments.
    • Several fixes to provide more stability.
    • Included support for Azure Functions.
    • Broad Azure sign-in support (Government, Sovereign cloud and Azure Stack).
    • Improved Container support.
    • Continous Delivery Tools now included by default.
  • .NET Core 2.0 was also officially released! (link) Highlights include:
    • Live Unit Testing during coding
    • Refering to .NET Core / .NET Standard libraries without the need to add interop packages. They’re still needed but VS includes them automatically now.
    • Supported in¬†Visual Studio for Mac.
  • Talking about¬†Visual Studio for Mac, that team released version 7.1 of their product to the public. (link)
  • Azure Event Grid (in preview)¬†allows the routing of infrastructure and application level events to all kinds of components within Azure. Allows you to hook into events like “someone was added to my Azure subscription”. And it’s serverless! (link)

That’s it for this month, see you next month for another round of Azure news!

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[Azure] News for Developers, June 2017

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Azure news for Developers

Are you having trouble keeping track of everything that’s going around in Azure? You’re not alone! In an effort to do so myself, I’m starting a monthly series called “News for developers” which is exactly that: a summary of all of the Azure flavored news specifically for software developers. Now this is based on my personal feeds and my personal opinion, so you might miss things or see things which in your opinion do not matter. Feel free to leave and comment below and I’ll see what I can do for the next edition. And honestly, this is more a personal reference than anything else so having actual readers would already be awesome ūüôā Enjoy!

 

App Services updates

The app services team announced a couple of new updates in their monthly blog post. These include:

  • Azure CDN now supports https on¬†custom domains, something that you could previously only do with one of the external CDN services (link).
  • New App Service Overview Blade
    The new overview blade should perform faster making is easier to switch between apps. The charts can be pinned to custom dashboards which might improve the performance of those as well (a little bit).
  • Integrated experience for Windows and Linux based apps
    When creating a new app service instance, you can now pick which OS the instance needs to host your app.
  • App Service Advisor recommendation history
    The app service advisor will provide proactive recommendations on how to solve problems within your application. It now features the ability to view past recommendations.

Blog post: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/2017/06/30/june-2017-app-service-update/

Visual Studio (Team Services)

From the world of Visual Studio team services:

  • Visual Studio 15.3 preview has been released. You can install and check it out today! (link) It features:
    • Azure Continous Delivery support for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core apps.
    • Increased visibility on extension impact on performance. For some reason it recently advised me to close the Errors pane. That’s right, just ignore them!
  • The¬†Visual Studio Team Services updates for this month include:
    • Sharing fields across processes, making it easier to query across team projects that use different processes.
    • Support for custom work item icons and a library to pick them from.
    • Filtering a pull request tree by file name. Same goes for the tree view in Code views.
    • Web view for¬†Git Tags.¬†This view allows to view, delete and filter based on tags. Managing tags can be set-up with separate permissions.
    • Import and Export on¬†Build Defintions.¬†This was one of the top-voted items on UserVoice!
    • Hosted agent pools for building your code are changing. No longer are there agents that support multiple versions of Visual Studio; you need to pick the correct pool now.
    • Comprehensive updates have been made to the¬†NuGet, npm,¬†Maven and¬†dotnet task manager tasks, fixing a lot of bugs.
    • Streamlined¬†user management including bulk remove, optionally add new users to projects and easily view subscriptions.

Check out https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/articles/news/2017/jun-22-team-services for the complete overview.

 

Other

Here’s all the stuff that didn’t fit into one of the above categories:

  • Manage ACS, Cosmos DB, Active Directory Graph and more with release 1.1 of the Azure¬†management libraries for .NET (link).
  • Text Analytics API now supports sentiment analysis in 16 languages (including Dutch, HOERA!) (link).
  • Azure¬†SQL Data Sync was refreshed, bringing portal support and a REST API (link).
  • Azure Traffic manager got two new features: fast failover and TCP probing (link). The failover options include:
    • Endpoint checking interval can now be set to 10 seconds instead of the default 30
    • Configure the number of tolerated failures (0 – 9)
    • Configure the time-out interval for each probe attempt
    • TTL can be down to 0

    The TCP probing enables probing of resources that might not be able to return a HTTP response.

  • The¬†Cognitive Toolkit v2.0 is¬†fully released. This toolkit allows developers to incorporate self-created and trained neural networks into their applications. (link)

That’s it for this month, see you next month for another round of Azure news.

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[Azure] News for developers, May 2017

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Azure news for Developers

Are you having trouble keeping track of everything that’s going around in Azure? You’re not alone! In an effort to do so myself, I’m starting a monthly series called “News for developers” which is exactly that: a summary of all of the Azure flavored news specifically for software developers. Now this is based on my personal feeds and my personal opinion, so you might miss things or see things which in your opinion do not matter. Feel free to leave and comment below and I’ll see what I can do for the next edition. And honestly, this is more a personal reference than anything else so having actual readers would already be awesome ūüôā Enjoy! Read More

[Azure] WordPress and Azure Redis Cache

I a quest to optimize the performance of my WordPress powered site, I thought I’d give Redis Cache a go. Redis Cache has become the industry default when it comes to caching in a key-value style. Azure has a Redis Cache offering which you can use to enhance the performance of any app. If you’re not familiar with caching: it’s a mechanism to eliminate timely data retrieval actions. Caching can be implemented several different places: you web browser uses caching so that it does not have to retrieve all files on every load. Redis Cache is usually more targeted towards scenario’s like database connections. Instead of getting items from a database table, which usually is relatively slow, you can get them from the cache instead.

 

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[O365] Adding your chatbot to Skype for Business

Have you been coding your chat bot using the Microsoft Bot Framework? Good news! One of the long awaited features is finally here: the Skype for Business channel! Using this channel, you can now get your but to communicate with users using Skype for Business. This is especially good news for enterprises where S4B is often the primary communication tool. Bots were already available through Microsoft Teams, but not all companies are ready for that yet. Skype was in there as well, but is mostly used on the consumer side. So great to have Skype for Business joining the club!

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[VS2017] Unable to login “failed to refresh access token”

I was running into this weird error today. For some reason (you know… it happens) Visual Studio lost it’s license. I was still logged in, but requested to re-enter my credentials. So I tried, but I kept getting errors. I then thought: let’s log out and log in again. So yeah, that didn’t happen…

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[NL] Global Azure Bootcamp @ mStack!

Afgelopen jaar begon ik aan een nieuwe baan. Na 4 jaar werken voor Atos vond ik het tijd voor wat anders. Destijds verruilde ik een werkgever met ongeveer 75 collega’s voor eentje met 75.000 collega’s in 4 jaar tijd groeide dat bedrijf uit naar 100.000 man. Leuke tijd gehad, veel kunnen leren en de mogelijkheid gehad om te werken voor een aantal interessante (en vooral grote) bedrijven zoals DAF, Philips en het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken. Toch vond ik het tijd om wat meer focus aan te brengen op technologie die wat mij betreft nog jarenlang een zeer interessante markt zal zijn: Microsoft Azure. En rondom Azure organiseren wij op 22 april (zaterdag) het Global Azure Bootcamp. Gratis!

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[Azure] Using Azure Functions Proxies

If you’ve started using Functions in Azure and you’ve got multiple set-up by now, you’ll start to find that managing them becomes a bit cumbersome, especially when you’ve spread them across multiple instances. All of the instances will have a different base URL and you might find it difficult to keep naming and versioning in line with what you planned. So now what? Let’s take a look at the newly released Proxies for Azure Functions! Read More